London Unplugged

Certificate 15


(2018) 86 mins

Directors:  Layke Anderson, Natalia Casali, Nick Cohen, Mitchell Crawford, Andrew Cryan, Andres Heger-Bratterud, Ben Jacobson, Rosanna Lowe, Gaelle Mourre, George Taylor, Kaki Wong, Qi Zhang
Writers: Ryan Child, Nick Cohen, Mitchell Crawford, Andrew Cryan, Andres Heger-Bratterud, Nick Hopkins, Rosanna Lowe, George Taylor
Cinematography: David Carr-Brown, Irene Gomez-Emilsson, Anaïs Lorié, Nicholas Nazari, Poom Saiyavath, Simon Walton, Timothy Hallam Wood
Art Direction: Mimi Winsor
Music: Johnny De’Ath



With London’s reputation as a haven for outsiders under threat, here’s an anthology film that celebrates the capital’s diversity while exploring themes of isolation, asylum, unmanageable rents and identity.  Made in association with the Migrants’ Resource Centre and the Refugee Journalism Project, each of the 10 shorts was made by a different director.  The tales include a random meet at night that culminates in a very unlikely dip, an elderly lady passionate about felines (featuring Juliet Stevenson), an Iranian refugee seeking asylum and questioned by the Home Office, a singer who dreams of performing Bizet’s L’Amour est un Oiseau Rebelle, a foreigner trying to hire a flat without references, a call centre worker cold-calling hostile consumers for marketing purposes, and more.

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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.



As is always the case with anthologies, there are misfires. But this has an energy that recalls the French New Wave gem, Paris Vu par… (1965), as the largely neophyte film-makers are prepared to take chances in exploring themes like gender, immigration, alienation, isolation and communication. Mitchell Crawford’s animation is bold and sinuously stark, while Rosanna Lowe and Nicholas Cohen make insightful use of short stories by, respectively, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf. The stellar performances come from Juliet Stevenson as the creepy carer of a cat-loving pensioner and Bruce Payne as a sex shop owner. But more unfamiliar faces also shine as an aspiring opera singer, a call centre drone, an Iranian lesbian applying for asylum and a couple enjoying a late-night dip in a public pool.”  Radio Times

“As with most anthology films, it’s something of an uneven experience, but linking themes of alienation, opportunity and change, together with its admirable creative and cultural ambitions are strong enough to make it a diverting whole.”

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